Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To outweigh.
  • noun Preponderant weight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To outweigh; to overbalance.
  • noun rare Preponderant weight; a counterbalance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun preponderant weight; a counterbalance

Etymologies

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over- +‎ poise

Examples

  • The sin of such will overpoise the salvation of their souls, the sin-end being the heaviest end of the scale: I say, that being the heaviest end which hath sin in it, they tilt over, and so are, notwithstanding their glorious profession, drowned in perdition and destruction.

    The Riches of Bunyan

  • In the concerns of this life, the lightest overpoise of probability determines our strongest resolutions.

    Sermons. [Vol. I.]

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